Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Whale Wars: Did the Japanese whaling fleet surrender?

The Nisshin Maru, the factory ship of the Japanese whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean, has made a U-turn and is apparently headed home.

Does this mean an end to the Whale Wars?

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, the anti-whaling group that has been harassing the fleet for seven years in an effort to prevent the killing of whales under the guise of research, said this about the interesting development Wednesday in the Whale Wars:
The turnabout could mean one of two things. First, they may be on a great circle route back to Japan, or second, they may be returning to the whaling grounds in the Ross Sea where the three Japanese harpoon vessels may be waiting to continue their illegal slaughter.
Reports from Japan that the Japanese Fisheries Agency has suspended the hunt have not specified how long this suspension will last. It could be permanent, for the season, for two weeks, or only a few days. The three Sea Shepherd ships Steve Irwin, Bob Barker, and Gojira will remain in the Southern Ocean until the whaling vessels depart.
“The Japanese Fisheries Agency had no choice but to suspend whaling operations. Sea Shepherd had already enforced a suspension of operations by blocking all whaling operations since February 9th and blocking 75% of all whaling operations for the month of January,” said Captain Paul Watson “We will not allow the Japanese whalers to kill another whale down here in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.”
For those who follow the exploits of Sea Shepherd by watching "Whale Wars," the popular weekly reality TV series on Animal Planet, this might be the biggest question:

Did Sea Shepherd collect enough video footage to last a full season of "Whale Wars"? The fourth season is scheduled to kick off in June.

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2 comments:

  1. If this is the end for the Whaling, that is the best news I have heard in a while. If it is the end of the Whale Wars show, I would be so disappointed. I have been keeping up with the show since it first aired. Saving the whales is something I really believe in. I am a customer and employee of DISH Network, and I was keeping up with all the shows in HD. Of course, DISH Network has the most and best HD in the industry. So if the Sea Shepherds keep the show going, I will be sure to keep following in crystal clear HD.

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  2. I doubt it's the end of Whale Wars. But if it is, the Sea Shepherd will most certainly pursue other worthy endeavors, which will no doubt keep the show alive.

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